Messages Of All Episodes Of Black Mirror Season 1

Black Mirror, an anthology sci-fi TV series created by Charlie Brooker, is a unique blend of technology, human nature, and conflicts. The series is set in a not-too-distant future where technology has engulfed the moral and social landscape. Fascinatingly, the technological advancements portrayed in each episode are futuristic but seem very plausible at the same time. The series forces the viewers to ponder over how dependent we have become on technology, and if left unchecked, this over-reliance can have horrifying repercussions. Although the backdrop of each episode is rooted in our addiction to technology, it is still deeply human at its core, and that is what makes it so compelling. Each Black Mirror episode is a unique thriller sending chills down our spines and leaving us in a state of contemplation about the idea portrayed in it. So if you ever found yourself scratching your head over the messages behind Black Mirror episodes, this is the article for you. Here you will find the message behind each Black Mirror episode from Season 1.

Each Episode In Black Mirror Season 1 Explained

The National Anthem

The National Anthem is one of the most bizarre episodes in the series and is unlike anything ever seen on TV. It shows that we as a society are amused by the preposterous, the absurd, and the volatile. We enjoy watching what we are not ourselves enduring – not in a way to wish that we could do bad things to others but being able to see with our own eyes what happened, even if it is outlandish or violent. We remain glued to the screens even when terrifying things are being shown, and in fact, we unknowingly enjoy them. The situation demanded the Prime Minister to have sex with a pig on live TV to save the princess. Some people sympathized with him, some called him brave, and most were disgusted. But there was a section of people who mocked him, a lot of people laughed when he first appeared on TV just before the act. This episode showed how insensitive people could get if it’s a public figure or something not concerning them. The episode brings out the fallacies of human behavior. Knowing it, the kidnapper takes advantage of it to make a fool out of the public and the government.

Blackbeard and Robin

It also shows that social media addiction is a dystopian scenario – if the public was not so taken up with something as absurd as that, the ransom would not have gone viral. Public excitement was very high, and everyone was glued to the TV watching the live telecast that nobody cared about the release of the princess. 

15 Million Merits

The second episode was intrinsically sad, as the dreams of a woman who wanted to be a singing sensation were shattered, and she was offered a job as a po*n star, all for the sake of fame. What would you do to be rich and famous? Considering the world they live in, where each person is simply going through the motions and not really living, most people would take whatever alternative is given to us to simply live outside the barracks of that world. Abi Khan’s journey seems to represent the journey of a typical person who has noble aspirations and innocently aspires to get out of the rat race. But they almost always reach a point where they face a choice between idealistic goals and practical life. The people in power (the judges in this episode) tend to take advantage of this naivety. This episode explores the 15M merits that you work so hard for being traded for one brief moment in the sun. 

The ‘biking’ kind of represents the rat chase of the modern corporate world. It shows how most people in this dystopian society work as a cog in a much larger system, and the work they do seems to be a meaningless and futile exercise with no well-defined end goal. We also see that the world portrayed has no moral code, no social boundaries, as the people on the bikes are watching hard-core po*n or some humiliating TV show making fun of obese people. Psychologically, this would be so detrimental, and any break from that would probably be welcome, even in the most moral of us.

The story of Bing portrays the journey of someone who genuinely wants to fight the wrong in the system. More often than not, they end up just being a part of the system. That almost always tends to be a better alternative to sticking to the rat race. This episode also portrays how no person in this society seems to want to interact with each other. It represents the reality of the ‘modern’ society of the 21st century where we hardly interact with anybody and are busy with our own lives, computers, and smartphones.

The Entire History of You

What if your entire memory was digitized? You could argue it is. Many of us have been in a situation where either a friend or worse, yourself have scrolled endlessly through tweets, Facebook pictures, and Instagram profiles to find one thing that you just cannot remember, but you know it when you see it. Psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying how we store memory for years. What we accurately remember is only a fraction of what happens, and this episode shows what we could do if we were able to store memories via what we actually see. The Entire History of You shows a device called the “grain”, a personal video recorder built-in one’s consciousness. It allows them to record all of their experiences so that they could replay their memories. This episode plays on the reliance society has on digital memories, its current obsession with social media. It also depicts the dangers of such a device and how it could negatively affect the human psyche.

Liam uses the device to confirm his suspicions and bust his wife, but eventually, the grain destroys his life. It causes him to spiral into insanity and discover dark things he would never have encountered had he not been implanted with it. It was precisely why he decided to cut the implant out at the end of the episode.